Putnam County Foursome fight food insecurity


By Joe Gilroy - [email protected]



Jackie Luttfring gets a hand from a group of youngsters at a KNAP Sack, Inc. food distribution at Putnam County Educational Service Center.

Jackie Luttfring gets a hand from a group of youngsters at a KNAP Sack, Inc. food distribution at Putnam County Educational Service Center.


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From left are Becky Diemer, Putnam County Optimist member, Becky Leader, KNAP Sack coordinator, David Leader, KNAP Sack, and Ellen Ruhe, Optimist member, presenting a $1,000 check to the KNAP Sack organization.

From left are Becky Diemer, Putnam County Optimist member, Becky Leader, KNAP Sack coordinator, David Leader, KNAP Sack, and Ellen Ruhe, Optimist member, presenting a $1,000 check to the KNAP Sack organization.


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Bob Luttfring gets bags of potatoes ready for a Knap Sack food drive.


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OTTAWA — Destiny brought the Jefferson Award-winning Leader and Luttfring families together and through the grace of God they fought food insecurity ever since.

Becky and David Leader first felt a gentle whisper calling out to their hearts but weren’t sure where to begin. So, they sat on the sidelines until God spoke with more vigor during a church sermon. “Don’t sit back and think about it, go out and do it,” their minister preached to the congregation.

That was enough to spring them into action and if it weren’t enough to convince them God was talking to them, what happened next was.

“We weren’t sure where to start and decided to talk to the principal at Ottawa-Glandorf to see if he could connect us with other groups. He told us he met another couple who asked him the same question had just left and then he put us in touch with a couple who had that another couple just left,” Becky said. “Then he connected us to Jackie Luttfring and her husband, Bob. That’s when we knew this was what God was telling us.”

The KNAP Sack, Inc. organization was founded in 2013 by the foursome who were a natural fit for the program.

Becky worked in children’s services for 30 years and knew there was a need for a program that could help meet the hunger needs of Putnam County residents.

The organization started providing food for Ottawa Elementary students once a month in 2013 for grades 1 through 5. From there KNAP Sack now provides food to students at Ottawa, Glandorf and St. Peter and Paul Elementary schools as well as Ottawa Head Start every Friday for any child who receives free or reduced lunches.

“When we started we were serving 48 kids once a month. Today we are serving 125 families a week,” Becky said.

The Luttfrings and Leaders say they have been blessed beyond measure with community-minded residents and a great group of partners. Of course, they mince no words when it comes to what they count as their biggest blessing.

“It’s the families we serve,” Becky said. “They are great. They are compassionate and so appreciative for whatever is provided.”

West Ohio Food Bank helps source the food and Ohio Logistics provides the truck to transport the food and space for volunteers to sort the food. They also partner with Ottawa-Glandorf Schools and local churches as well as many other groups that are too numerous to list.

“God put it on our hearts. My husband and I work with charities and do mission work, and as a retired school cook, I saw children who came to school without food,” Jackie said.

The four were thrilled to win a Jefferson Award, but quick to mention they “are just a small part of Knap Sack” and it takes the work of many to feed the families they are blessed to do.

To keep up on when food distributions will be, visit the KNAP Sack, Inc. Facebook page.

Jackie Luttfring gets a hand from a group of youngsters at a KNAP Sack, Inc. food distribution at Putnam County Educational Service Center.
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From left are Becky Diemer, Putnam County Optimist member, Becky Leader, KNAP Sack coordinator, David Leader, KNAP Sack, and Ellen Ruhe, Optimist member, presenting a $1,000 check to the KNAP Sack organization.
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Bob Luttfring gets bags of potatoes ready for a Knap Sack food drive.
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By Joe Gilroy

[email protected]

Reach Joe Gilroy at 567-204-0398 or on Twitter @TLNJoeGilroy

Reach Joe Gilroy at 567-204-0398 or on Twitter @TLNJoeGilroy

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